G.C. Smith. Manunka Mission, River Murray

State Records Archive
Consignment: 652
Item: 1909/0040
Title: G.C. Smith. Manunka Mission, River Murray. Application for permission that 2 missionaries be allowed to extend work in N.W. of W.A.

Keywords: Manunka Mission, missions, missionaries, George Smith

[Letter]
Manunka Mission,
Via Forster,
River Murray
To The Aborigines Protectorate, Perth
Jan 5th 09
Sir,
Could permission be granted for us to send two missionaries to the North West of your State. We would place them in the hands of the Bishop of Perth as they are members of the C of E. They are fully qualified, have been working amongst the Blacks for 18 years. They are only leaving here for [illegible] work, the one as been managing overseer for 3 years, his wife Matron for the same period. The former is a lay preacher of the Church of England. They are ready soon as you have given permission. In South [Australia] the Protector of Aborigines in Adelaide can recommend both, they are well known to the Bishop of Adelaide.
I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully,
G C Smith

[Letter]
To G C Smith Esq
Manunka Mission,
Murray River
N.S.W. [sic]
12th Jan 1909
Sir,
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 5th instant, and to inform you that no special permission is required for anyone to go among the Native races.
I shall feel much obliged if you will give me some idea of the work your Mission intends doing in the North West portion of this State and I should also like to know if the expenses of such work would be supported by your Mission Society, or would you require Government Assistance and if so, what form.
I should be obliged for further information, as to the work of your Mission in your State.
I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,
C F Gale
Chief Protector of Aborigines

[Letter]
Manunka Mission,
Via Forster,
South Australia
13-2-09
To The Chief Protector of Aborigines
Dear Sir,
Yours of Jan 12 to hand, thanks for same.
Our intentions re Aborigines
To keep many as possible on one reserve, hand out the rations on behalf of your department. Teach them to cultivate the soul and make the place self supporting. Have school for the children daily. Look after them medically. Have religious services with them.
The only Government aid would be rations, medicines and a little to put the place into shape.
Here we have the depot for rations, medicines, etc. Have school for the children. Religious service daily, Church of England service on Sundays, the Bishop of Adelaide have appointed me for same.
Men fish and work for farmers round. I personally attend to stores, medical department, school and nearly the whole of religious services. The Protector of Aborigines in Adelaide would give you full information re myself re rations, and the Bishop of Adelaide will be only pleased to give you any other information possible. Our church would take up the spiritual part of the Mission and so would be supported by them.
Mrs Smith hold 3 years reference from the Board of Aborigines of N.S.W. on the Murrumbidgee. I’ve been in the work about 18 years both here, N.S.W. and Queensland (South).
We should much like to take up work North West amongst our Dear People (the Aborigines).
Should be grateful if your Department would grant us one of your reserves to work on, you supplying the rations, etc, which is needed for the Natives.
I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully,
G C Smith
PS I’m forwarding one of our reports.

[Letter]
Mr G C Smith
Manunka Mission,
Via Forster,
South Australia
Sir,
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 13th ultimo, and to inform you that the Department cannot grant you one of our reserves as we so far possess but few. If you wish for unoccupied Crown Lands to start a Mission Station you would have to apply in the usual way.
The matter of granting rations, etc, is purely for the Minister to deal with, but before this can be done a formal application will have to be made by your society, pointing out exactly what you intend to do and what you require.
I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant,
C F Gale
Chief Protector of Aborigines

Katitjin Notes:

George Smith
George Smith and his wife Jennie were working as overseer and matron at Manunka Mission in South Australia, but due to drought conditions the mission failed to become self-sufficient and the Smiths lost their jobs there. Failing in their efforts to relocate to the North-West, they went on to Singleton Mission.

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